The most important thing you need to work on as a writer
As a writer, it is important to work on time management. It is crucial. This is so because it will make you meet the deadline for submitting your assignment in time. If you are a freelancer, for example, writing for different clients or media houses, you have to make sure the work is delivered on time to your various clients on time.
Secondly, you must be good at budgeting. Sometimes you need to travel places to get stories, you need to register to a library, and you pay member fee. There are other daily bills to pay. It is important to you as a writer to avoid waste of hard-earned cash.
There is a need to prioritize the use of money you gain from writing. Spending wisely help in meeting the cost of improving your writing business. Writing is a business like any other. It is worth investing time and money.
How you can spend money improving your writing business
It is important to invest in purchasing good books, pay a fee for a short training on a writing course, paying tuition for a professional writing training, attending a workshop, or a writing conference. It is a simple finance management skills, not a complex one, is what I mean.
Seeking knowledge to improve the quality of your writing, and making your work readable, informing, educating and entertaining one, is what sells in the present competitive market. It is advisable to attend even if a short writing training. This will equip you as a writer, with skills to produce work that sells itself in the market. There are a lot of online training, lectures on YouTube, which are of benefit to writers out there.
There are a lot of blogs that provide advice on writing, how to earn from writing, how to make your writing great, how to become a writer, or just type anything you want to learn on the search engine, you will receive a free advice. That is what I do myself. You can also join writing clubs, online book clubs; you will benefits from that, receiving a free knowledge.
Third, read widely. Good, the bestselling and established author read a lot. To produce good writing you must read a lot. Most writing ideas are got from reading work of others. That is where you can get gaps or what other authors have missed, and you can write something new and original. Reading opens up your mind to the world of writing and dips your thoughts into the sea of ideas.
Good readers write and produce good writings, of high quality, that stands out in today dense and competitive writing market. Reading makes you learn, it makes you discover and develop writings styles, it makes you know what writing market you can penetrate, it can lead to possible paying publishers, and it makes you find to hide out paying writing market. It will improve your language skills, grammar, and vocabulary, and gain knowledge about the subjects you are writing on and master its trade.
I am a published author, and I do understand my strength and weaknesses. It is good to know and understand yourself, who you are first, then dive into the world pool of writing. Many writers admit that they have received hundreds or even thousands of rejection letters, some say they were almost losing hope to write, but they kept on writing and submitting their manuscripts till they got published, and are now established authors, and earn well too. I have also received about ten rejections before I got published. I will highlight the worst rejections I have ever received, to me.
I once received a rejection email from a publisher that read, “You have a story to tell, but, you don’t have the language to tell that story”. It said. It was heartbreaking of course, morale killing rejection. I missed being published by a widely read, and prestigious publishers, but still was happy because I had a story tell than having nothing at all. It is the hardest part of writing I have experienced, and I am sure someone else will tell you the same. It is always good to have something to write. The language I can still work on it.
I had to appreciate myself because I don’t suffer from what is called ‘writers block”, or lack of ideas, yes language deficiency! there is room for improvement.
I received another worst rejection that the sender of the email asked me if I have translated the story, from another language. I reply no with the capital “N” and capital “O.” she also complained of vocabulary and choice of words. I learn that the environment where I live, and where she lives are totally different, I am describing a scene in a remote village in Kenya, where we describe houses as huts, while the publisher is in a big city with skyscrapers. I like it because it seemed she was interested but she could just use my work.
As a writer struggling to be published frequently, I so there is a need to converge in my writing career to survive in today’s market. I have to be smart enough to smell stories worth telling and spreading. I have to be creative and innovative of ideas that audience want and long to read.
Tools for good writing include; language, pens and pencils, notebooks, a smartphone, a good laptop connected to the internet of course, or a desktop, audio recorder and a camera. I need also to have a network of fellow writers, and publishers. A good network will earn me a job, I trust, it may lead me to get a contract with a publisher. Networking is a resource to stay in the world of writing and publishing, in simple terms in the world of communication.
A writer has to access to a good library of books, magazine, newspapers and digital library enabled by the internet. Subscribed to blogs and website on writers market, here is where we get alert on writing contest to participate, writing conferences and residence MFA, where you as an upcoming authors, I have a chance to meet established writers and resource persons to help you, advice you on how to survive in the world of writing.
It is important for writers to be well equipped with research skills. Through research you can produce good to read stories, well-sourced stories, research will also help in getting the market for your writings. Good to read stories are produced by good readers and skilled in research authors.
Thirst for knowledge, love to read, love writing, and love to research, to me, is what defines the daily routine of best writers.